This month we have met with our friend and health coach Elika Tasker. Elika is a certified Health Coach/Nutritionist, Restaurateur and Certified Plant-based Chef. She is known for her rebellious approach to making health more realistic. Following years of corporate burnout, frustration with yo-yo dieting and lack of nutritional support, Elika set course on a path to healthy living and evolved relationship with food.
Elika has shared with us her food philosophy, how she is helping people on their health journey, and her health and wellness tips. She also shared her quick and healthy recipes with us so go ahead and read our blog to learn more about Elika and her healthy living tips.
Before we get started, could you share with us how you started your day this morning?
I’m an early riser (a result of priortising an early evening where possible) so at 6am I wake and drink 1 ltr warm water with lemon, then I go straight to my movement practice. Today my body had high energy so I did a workout in the playground then came back to a meditation before getting ready to start work at 9.30am.
What is your story, what do you do and how you got into the work you are doing?
10 years in HR consulting & Recruitment, burnt out, went looking for answers, trained as a Health Coach, could see the community needed more support so I opened an organic restaurant gluten, dairy & refined sugar free prioritised. It was acquired 18 months ago and I took a break to automate my programs before launching my next project.
How has COVID-19 impacted you personally and professionally?
It is reminded me why I do what I do, it is allowed me to reflect on my life and the lessons from it and how I want to embed my values into everything I do.
From your experience, what do you feel are the biggest health challenges people are facing today?
Their mind. We are programmed with limiting beliefs that then run the show.
Can you describe your food philosophy?
Eat as many plants as you can, 80/20..make sure the 20% is worth it!
What does gluten free mean to you?
Removing items that contain wheat, barley and rye wherever possible, giving myself chance to eat less processed foods and feeling my body more optimal.
Can you tell us about your Good Gut Guide Program?
Everyone should get to know what it feels like with their body in its optimal state. This program is designed to reset bad habits so you can start your journey to a healthy sustainable life.
What is your typical day on a plate? Do you have any go-to, family-favourite recipes (snacks or meals), if so please share the recipe!
- Fresh fruit, nuts and seeds and coconut yoghurt, matcha (moringa powder added) soy latte.
- 1 papaya, cut it half and de-seeded, sprinkle with walnuts, cashews, almonds, pumpkin, sunflower seeds & cacao nibs, the dollops of coconut yoghurt.
- Roast vegetables (oregano) and quinoa and spicy sauce
- Finding as many greens as possible to add to my meals
- Cacao latte with superfoods (maca, ashwagandha, lions mane, cordyceps, turmeric)
What are your top three tips for healthy living?
Meditation, nature and 3 meaningful connections
For someone wanting to learn more about wellness/nutrition, what resources would you recommend? (This could be books, podcasts, websites, anything!)
Shawn Stevenson – the model health show
Do you have any affirmations, quotes, or mantras that you turn to regularly?
It gets to be easy, I am allergic to drama, your thoughts are your reality, energy flows where focus goes
How can our readers connect with you further? (any programs/social platforms?)
@elika.health – IG or http://programs.elika.co
And finally, just a bit of fun, some sentence starters (just say the first thing that pops into your head!)Three things I always have stocked in my fridge are coconut yogurt, frozen banana and spinach
To relax I go in nature
I’m most grateful for my body
If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life it would be coconut
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